Community Choice Aggregation

News and Updates

Do you have questions about community choice? Join us for updates and Q&A. 

Upcoming opportunities:

  • September 27, 2019, La Mesa Farmers Market, 4:00 - 6:30 PM
  • October 21, 2019, Environmental Sustainability Commission meeting, 6 PM, City Hall, City Manager's Office

Past opportunities:

  • September 25, 2019, Grossmont Center Farmers Market, 2 PM - 7 PM
  • September 16, 2019, Environmental Sustainability Commission, 6 PM, City Hall, City Manager's Office
  • September 13, 2019, La Mesa Farmers Market, 3 PM-6 PM
  • September 10, 2019, La Mesa City Council Meeting, 6 PM in Council Chambers
  • August 13, 2019, La Mesa City Council meeting. 6 PM in Council Chambers
  • August 9, 2019, Coffee Talk, Climate and Clean Energy. 10:00 - 11:00 AM at the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center
  • July 15, 2019, Environmental Sustainability Commission meeting. 6 PM in Council Chambers

Check back, more dates will be added soon!

Feasibility Study - The cities of La Mesa, Santee, and Chula Vista completed a joint community choice energy (also known as CCA) study to assess the feasibility of each city offering 100% renewable energy to residents and businesses. The final Study is now available below under "City Documents".

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The City Council of La Mesa, Santee, and Chula Vista completed a joint Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) feasibility study to assess the viability of a CCA in their respective communities. The final Study can be found below under "City Documents". The study results show that a CCA in La Mesa could offer competitive rates with SDG&E while also supporting the City's greenhouse gas reduction goals. Learn more about the collaboration in this joint press release

What is Community Choice Aggregation? 

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a model that allows communities to purchase power to meet their electricity needs, offering an alternative choice to the local incumbent utility (San Diego Gas & Electric). CCAs can provide the communities they serve with competitively priced, clean energy choices while reinvesting revenues into projects and programs, supporting the local economy.

How does Community Choice Aggregation work?

CCAs are established by local communities, either through the creation of a joint powers authority or enterprise fund. While CCAs are locally operated, they work in partnership with the existing investor owned utility (IOU). Through this partnership, CCAs determine the source and procure the electricity while the existing IOUs continue delivering the energy, maintaining the grid and providing billing services.

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Why is La Mesa exploring CCA?

In March 2018, City Council adopted La Mesa’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP charts a course to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in half and power the community with 100% clean electricity by 2035. Community Choice Aggregation is a potential mechanism to increase the amount of non-polluting, renewable energy and help the City achieve its target of 100% clean energy.

What is the status of La Mesa’s CCA efforts? 

On September 10, 2019, La Mesa City Council approved community choice aggregation through a regional CCA program. Likely CCA partners  include the cities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, and San Diego. Throughout the month of September, the partner cities are all working to pass proper ordinances to form and launch a joint community choice aggregation program to serve customers within their jurisdictions. Please check back for more updates soon!

What are the benefits of a CCA?

Potential benefits of CCA identified in past feasibility studies include:

  • Increased customer choice.
  • Local control of resource decisions and rates.
  • Lower electricity costs.
  • Opportunities for innovative new energy programs (energy efficiency, distributed generation, economic development, etc.).
  • Support for local infrastructure investment.

How is a CCA funded?

A CCA is a self-funded, not-for profit entity created to ensure that any financial benefits directly serve community members. Once launched, a CCA is completely funded by program revenue. Because CCAs are locally managed, not-for-profit entities, any excess revenue is reinvested into the community through on-bill savings and innovative energy programs, including rebates, no-cost and low-cost energy programs, job training and employment programs and more.

City Documents

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Operational CCAs

Sources: 

Much of the information above was provided by LEAN Energy U.S, the Local Government Commission, and CalCCA.

Community Choice Aggregation Pilot Project funded by California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program prepared by the Local Government Commission and Navigant Consulting, Inc. (2009)

CalCCA Community Choice Aggregation FAQ Sheet

Community Choice Aggregation Fact Sheet funded by California Energy Commission and Department of Energy prepared by the Local Government Commission

LEAN Energy – What is Community Choice?